When it comes to instrumental guitar music, my
three main references are and most likely always will be Satriani,
Vai and Oldfield. And when the unavoidable comparison is made, the
Italian guitar hero Massimo Izzizzari comes closest to the sound and
feel of the first-mentioned. Izzizzari’s style is funky and suave,
however with the many semi-aggressive fiddlings that are so
characteristic for Satriani.
And like the grand old master, Izzizzari has
kept things very basic: guitars, bass, drums, an underplayed synth
here and there. The playfulness with beeps, voice boxes and alien
sounds Steve Vai uses is not to be found here.
The playing is flawless, perfect down to every
note, the sound is laid back, warm and round. The sound is
very…well, early Nineties because it is so closely tied in with
sound Satriani used when he got big.
This lack of novelty in terms of both sound
and style is also what brings ‘Unstable Balance’ down from the level
of being a really, really great album to ‘just’ being really good
background music for a quiet evening at home. I can recommend the
album for guitar-lovers and for lovers of beautifully played music –
but not for those who expect a revolution (and vocals:-) ).